Skin Cancer in Dogs

How To Detect Skin Cancer in Dogs

I have a Pug Meetup once each month and it just so happened to be today. At the meetup, the members started discussing the skin cancers that their pugs have had.  I was a bit surprised by this.  Of course I know that dogs get cancer but my mind never really wandered to the type they were discussing.  Skin cancer?

Research time.  Here’s what they say over at CanineCancer.com:


As in almost any form of cancer in dogs, but especially with certain types of skin cancer, it is critical to identify and treat this disease in its early stages. Examine your dog monthly by separating the hair with your fingers and closely look at the skin. Check for:

  •        tumors, areas of color change, or scaly, crusty lesions.
  •        new growths or a change in color or size of an existing growth calls
  •        tumors that bleed easily or areas that do not to heal
  •        an area the dog is continually licking or scratching
  •        swelling in the breast tissue or discharge from a nipple
  •        suspicious lumps or areas of discoloration under the tail
  •        masses or tissue that seems different from surrounding areas in the mouth

                  If you detect any of the above, contact your veterinarian immediately.

 

What an incredibly informative website.  I also learned that little is known about how dogs actually get skin cancer but that exposure to sun can increase the likelihood of a variety of cancers.  Of course, genetics can play a part as well as the breed of dog.

Here is what it might look like: (image credit: http://caninecancer.com)

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While I don’t want to scare anyone this is important information, we as pug owners, need to have.  A big SHOUT OUT to my peeps at the Meetup this morning!  Let’s send good thoughts to them and their pugs that have been through this!

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Pugs Shed – A LOT!

Pugs Shed – A LOT!

It’s true.  Pugs shed a lot.  Many dogs do (see the happy face in the photo!?)  All my peeps friends say, “oh…your pugs shed?  I didn’t think they shed.”  I’m here to tell you…we do!  Pugs have double-coats, some of us triple-coats and the undercoat is very nice and soft!  We also “BLOW” our coats and shed more frequently during time of stress and when the season change.  Plus, I get a bath every six weeks like clock-work.

What Can You Do — Pugs Shed — Period ?

What to do?  Well…to keep your home somewhat free of Pug hair, we like to be groomed!  Brush our coats weekly (we like it daily the best!) and get that vacuum out.  Brushing us will keep our coats shiney and remove the loose hairs that miraculously appear everywhere in your house.  Still…what’s not to love.  Shedding or not?  Gotta love a pug!  LOVE, POCO

I am updating this post on 2/11/14 because it was written quite some time ago.  I’m wondering if some of you would head over to the forums and chime-in on the question, “Would you shave your pug?”  I’m curious about this because I have seen it done.  What’s your thoughts?

Image credit: sinseeho / 123RF Stock Photo

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Shedding

I shed alot.  NO…I really mean ALOT!  For people who think us Pugs don’t shed, it ain’t true!

You just can’t stop my shedding, BUT you can actually reduce it for long periods of time. Not all of us Pugs are the same.  My sister, Poppie, has a really, really thick coat of fur.  Phoebe’s coat is short like mine but she’s black so be careful when you wear white my friends!   My hair on the other hand is short and not all that thick.  Here’s what my Mom does to help:

1.  Vacuum

2.  Take me to the groomer and have me “Furminated”

3.  Brush.  Brush.

4.  Vacuum some more! 🙂

Although I jest, it’s true.  Just keep me nicely groomed and everyone’s happy!

What do you do to stop shedding? What have you tried that really works? Please let everyone know, and leave a comment!

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